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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU Pork Shipment Approved

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Commission has approved the shipment of 40,000 tons of pork to Russia as part of its $500 million food aid package that is now back on track after protracted delays, commission officials said Thursday.

The European Union's pork management committee agreed to release this, the second tranche of a total of 100,000 tons of pork earmarked for Russia, at a meeting late Wednesday, one commission official said.

The pork will now be bought from the EU free market and a tender to allow European operators to supply the meat will be opened next week. The first and second deadlines for suppliers to submit their bids will be June 7 and 21, he added.

The EU dispatched a first tranche of 30,000 tons of pork to Russia in January but subsequent shipments have been snagged by a series of disagreements which have now been resolved.

The EU's grain management committee was expected Thursday to consider releasing a third tranche of grain under the terms of the same food aid package.

The official said he thought it would include 160,000 tons of French and Danish soft wheat and 100,000 tons of German rye together with 10,000 tons of Italian rice.